“In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you’ll have it forever, real and eternal.” John 12:25 MSG
It’s been the Christian fad verse for the past few years- the topic so many top sellers have been based around, – if you love Jesus, loose your life. And by loose it, do something
Like sell all your possessions and go be a missionary in s third world country.
Feed the homeless.
Adopt a kid from Africa. (Ahem).
But after you do one of these things, how does it look when you are
God didn’t swoop you up into heaven saying, great work, now you’re done.
But that mission is over, and now it’s just
life as usual.
How does living this “life of abandon,” reckless in your love overflowing from the Jesus well within you translate into
Wednesday in North Carolina?
This is a question I’ve been asking myself for a few years now, since I’ve been burdened with the weight of the hungry orphans I’ve held in my arms. They are there, I am here. What am I to do Lord?
The answer he has given me is to shine bright in my home for Jesus, and reach out together, arms linked with my husband and children, loving on the world, one person at a time.
Decide your life, today, wherever you are, is where you are supposed to be reckless in your love.
“There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” John 15:13
Jesus did it for us, and it’s that simple. The way we loose our life like Jesus is calling us to here, is to love others with his life laid down kind of love. We make it complicated, and sometimes it can be. Adoption is complicated. But every circumstance is an opportunity to give up what you dreamed your life would look like today, for the sake of loving the ones Jesus has called you to love. The people closest to you. Or sometimes one person halfway around the world. The secret is his love and guidance, winning out over your selfish desires and dreams.
It’s a day by day, minute by minute process to loose your life, over and over to gain real eternal life. As we do this, heaven comes down and we experience more and more of the eternal life here.
We are living for something greater, for a kingdom that is forever, for a legacy that will not fade.
Walk with Life Himself and love recklessly right where you are today.
This post coincides with the Alive! Book of John Journey, which can be found below: